Lake Forest, IL, May 2 – Dr. Karl Fritz Disque, practicing cardiac anesthesiologist, spoke at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science to an audience of over 170 pharmacy school faculty members and students. The inaugural Have a Heart Banquet supported and donated all proceeds from its fundraising to the American Heart Association, specifically for the Go Red For Women initiative, a movement designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Following the entertainment, dinner and raffle, Dr. Disque volunteered to address and present essential information, actions, and history of Go Red For Women to encourage the awareness of the issues behind women and heart disease.
What Are The Goals?
Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, despite the fact it has been thought of as an older man’s disease. To dispel myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, Dr. Disque and the American Heart Association find passion, inspiration and social initiatives to motivate women to take control of their health. Heart disease is a worldwide problem, and Go Red For Women encourages women to stand and fight together, not alone. At the Have a Heart Banquet, Rosalind Franklin Universities pharmacy school faculty and students held a fundraiser and contributed all its proceeds to support research, education, and instruction for all women affected by heart disease.
Dr. Disque’s presentation covered staggering numbers, statistics, and facts. He also spoke about the diversity and global impacts of Go Red for Women, including the multicultural efforts of Go Red Por Tu Corazón, a bilingual program that aids Latinas with Heart Disease and across the globe in more than 65 countries.
Dr. Disque and the AHA have seen the impacts of Go Red for Women in women’s homes through NBC networking, the doctor’s office with Get with the Guideline, on Capitol Hill with The Heart for Women Act, and in women’s hearts. The Rosalind Franklin University pharmacy students, its staff and Dr. Disque contributed to the growing $300 million for research and education, and are also supporting the end to gender disparities in legislation.
Heart disease affects hundreds of thousands of women yearly, this could be your sister, mother, daughter, friend, or family member. With knowledge and motivation, women can work together to end the disease – Dr. Karl Fritz Disque